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Why NO Aquarium In The WORLD Has a Great White Shark!

September 11, 2019

Have you ever gone to an aquarium and noticed
that they never have a great white shark? Nature’s most fascinating predator is missing. Here are the top 7 reasons why no aquarium
has a great white shark. 7. They Need A Lot of Space Many people visit aquariums hoping to catch
a glimpse of sharks up close. Especially the great white, but no exhibit
like this exists anywhere in the world. Since 1955, numerous attempts have been made
by aquariums to place great white sharks into captivity. Time and time again, however, the outcomes
have been unsuccessful, and it never turns out well for the shark. One of the main reasons for this is the great
white’s need for more space than an aquarium can provide. Great whites can weigh over 1,000 kilograms
and measure anywhere from 4-6 meters long. But we keep Orcas in captivity in small pools,
so why not a great white? Great white sharks are migratory open-water
fish. It’s not uncommon for great white sharks
to swim hundreds of kilometers in just a few days. Sharks that have been tagged by scientists
have been known to end up on the other side of the world. One shark that was being tracked by scientists
swam from Africa to Australia and back again in just nine months – a round trip amounting
to about 20,000 kilometers. Additionally, great whites must constantly
swim forward so water can pass through their gills – a necessary process for obtaining
oxygen that separates them from most other species of fish, who get their oxygen by opening
and closing their mouths. Constant swimming is also essential for maintaining
their body temperature. While swimming, great whites tend to only
change direction when they want to, further complicating the ability to confine one to
a tank. A massive tank would be necessary by default
due to their size. All factors taken into consideration, even
a standard whale tank would be too small to accommodate a great white. They seem kind of small for whales too.. In 2004, the Monterey Bay Aquarium attempted
to house a great white in a one million gallon, 35-foot deep tank, especially designed for
open water fish. They were required to use a small, 4-foot-long
shark, because even a tank of this size was inhospitable for a full-grown great white
shark, and it still ended badly, but I’ll tell you more about that in a bit. If an aquarium had a great white shark, would
you make an effort to go see it? Let us know in the comments!! 6. Captivity Causes Depression Marine biologists believe that because we
are unable to create a suitable artificial environment for great whites in captivity
causes them to become depressed. They aren’t at all happy with their new
environment. As you know, great whites are salt water creatures
and require a specific balance of saline in their tank water – something that is difficult
for aquariums to maintain accurately. This imbalance, along with the inevitable
lack of space provided by confinement, likely contribute to the tendency for great whites
to become depressed and lethargic. First they can barely move, and then, they
can’t even breathe properly. A depressed great white shark will stop eating
and become increasingly aggressive. In 1981, a great white was caught by a fisherman
and given to SeaWorld in San Diego. They put the 5-foot, 100 pound shark in a
400,000 gallon shark exhibit. The shark never ate on its own in captivity
and toward the end of its stay at SeaWorld, the shark experienced convulsions and had
difficulty swimming. Employees tried to save the shark’s life
by force-feeding mackerel to it and injecting it with nutrients. They also administered oxygen to the shark
and assisted it with swimming. Their attempts, however, were unsuccessful
and the shark passed away 16 days later. Biologists and researchers said they were
able to learn a lot about shark behaviour and medicine through this experience. It surpassed the previous record of another
great weight that only survived 96 hours. The Monterey Bay Aquarium acquired a great
white shark in 1984 – one of its numerous tries at exhibiting the apex predator. The shark died 11 days later because, like
many others, it refused to eat. The first time aquarium staff managed to get
a great white to feed in captivity was in 2004 at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. They were able to keep her in a tank for 198
days, however, the shark was released into the wild because it became aggressive and
killed two of its tank mates. Not sure if you are supposed to keep a great
white in a tank with other sharks, it’s not like they enjoy the company… In Japan in early 2016, an 11-and-a-half foot
great white male that was accidentally caught in a net was placed at an aquarium. The aquarium proudly announced the world’s
first display of an adult great white shark. However, he died just three days later. He was put into in a tank with other sharks
and initially appeared to be doing well, but refused to eat and sank to the bottom of the
tank shortly thereafter. The inevitable stress caused by confinement
results in great whites becoming injured and suffering from starvation – symptoms that
ultimately lead to death. 5. They Injure Themselves A common behavior among great whites in captivity
is to ram their heads into the walls of their tanks. There are several theories for why this happens. Some scientists believe that being in a tank
disrupts the great white’s keen sense of electroreception, which allows them to sense
the electrical charges in the water around them, making it difficult for sharks to detect
the tank walls. They are used to an entire open ocean so a
small glass enclosure causes stress and makes it hard for them to use their senses. As I’m sure you can imagine, forcefully
swimming into tank glass causes injuries and puts the shark’s health at risk. Most, if not all great white sharks that have
died in captivity exhibited this behavior. For example, the great white that died in
Japan had been swimming and bumping into the walls of its tank. 4. It’s Expensive From the very first steps of capturing and
transporting a great white shark to keeping one in captivity, exhaustive resources are
required. When the Monterey Bay Aquarium was tasked
with transporting a 4-foot-long great white from Malibu to northern California in 2004,
a custom mobile tank had to be built. To keep the shark alive for the nine hour
drive, it essentially had to be put on life support and pumped with IV fluids. That’s a lot of money to spend on obtaining
a creature that has historically failed to thrive in captivity. Great whites are killers by nature. Because of their innate desire to hunt, they
refuse to be fed by humans. In fact, great whites in the wild will not
eat anything but live prey unless they’re close to starvation. While younger sharks target fish, they begin
to feed on mammals and larger creatures as they grow. Shark tanks would need to be continuously
stocked with live prey, which is far costlier than the dead fish most other aquarium inhabitants
are willing to eat. Also not sure if it would be good PR for the
aquarium to be feeding a shark a cute little live seal or something. People say they want that…but the reality
is probably a different case. The massive tank that would be required for
an aquarium to safely house a great white shark would have to be astronomically huge. And expensive. In fact, based on all of the failed attempts
by aquariums to exhibit great whites, one can infer that a “large enough” tank has
never been built. 3. Not Good For Viewing The introduction of a great white shark exhibit
would most likely result in many disappointed customers. A tank large enough to accommodate a great
white shark would be impractical in size, making it difficult for hopeful spectators
to catch a consistent, close view of the predator. It would probably be far off in the distance
somewhere. Moreover, because great whites feast on live
prey, aquarium visitors would inevitably be subjected to the unpleasant sight of one killing
and consuming its meals – if the staff were able to convince the shark to eat in the first
place. Speaking of unpleasant sights, the tendency
for great whites to swim into their tank walls causes visible injuries. When people visit aquariums and zoos, they
expect to see happy, healthy animals, but would most likely witness a great white shark
in an obvious state of discomfort. Knowing all of this, you might want to go
cage diving instead!! 2. They Do Not Survive in Captivity Generally, there are two possible outcomes
when a great white is placed in confinement: death or release back into the wild after
a short stint at an aquarium, usually refusing to eat and injuring itself. Let’s recap the unsuccessful attempts: The
first attempt at housing a great white was made by Marineland of the Pacific in 1955. Less than a day later, the shark was released
back into the ocean. Until 2004, the longest a great white was
able to survive in captivity was a mere 16 days, achieved by SeaWorld in 1981. The previous record was set in 1976, when
a shark survived at SeaWorld for 96 hours. The Monterey Bay Aquarium has made five total
attempts at exhibiting a great white – all of which have failed. In 1984, a shark died after 11 days there. In 2004, they released a shark after 6 months
because it killed 2 other sharks. The aquarium tried again in 2011 – the shark
was released after two months in captivity and died just minutes later. Then we have the case of the shark in Japan
in 2016 which died after 3 days. One of the reasons aquariums have tried repeatedly
to house great white sharks is the public demand for this kind of exhibit. It seems like even though everyone is so worried
about shark attacks, we still love seeing them up close and people want to learn more
about them. To cater to this demand, some scientists have
even attempted to breed a “version” of great white shark that is more adaptable to
tank life. However, those attempts have consistently
failed, signaling that great whites are simply not biologically programmed to survive in
captivity and that it’s not possible to condition them into coping better with the
constraints of an aquarium tank. 1. PUBLIC PERCEPTION IS CHANGING Information about the effects of confinement
on certain species has become more transparent and accessible than ever in recent years. Documentaries such as Blackfish and The Cove
have brought widespread attention to the inhumane nature of keeping marine life in captivity. Additionally, animal rights organizations
such as PETA and The Humane Society of the United States have increasingly spoken out
about the unnatural captivity of marine animals in recent years. Although public demand has influenced aquariums
to try to exhibit great white sharks, people are becoming less supportive as they learn
more about the harmful effects of captivity and the fact that they end up dying!! While some species handle confinement better
than others, the bottom line is that captivity raises valid ethical concerns about the well-being
of creatures that are meant to be in the wild. Great white sharks rank high among the variety
of animals that perpetually fail to thrive in captivity. They aren’t just uncomfortable, but otherwise
ok. They show clear displays of distress and people
really don’t want to see that. Even though we want to learn more and see
these amazing animals up close, we just can’t take them out of their environment because
they will not survive. As we as the public get more educated we want
to see happy and healthy animals and if they cannot be kept in an aquarium then so be it.


  • Reply XBeastX 989 July 11, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Click bait yah !!!!!! 😆😆😆

  • Reply Chris Goffe July 12, 2019 at 2:19 am

    ..just make a radio controlled 1 ..boom! ..there ya go!

  • Reply Kevin Cox July 12, 2019 at 5:27 am

    Just leave them alone.

  • Reply jeremy franchini July 12, 2019 at 7:15 am

    Except the Monterey Bay Aquarium had held several while the rehabilitate then. They've been doing it for years

  • Reply ErkaTheVegan July 13, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Nobody belongs in captivity. Please don’t support aquariums

  • Reply RaeRae July 13, 2019 at 4:23 am

    I think they should place great whites in aquariums for 1 week out the year or random days out the year so people can see them then afterwards put them back in the ocean letting people see them without holding them in captivity causing them to die

  • Reply mohammed rahman July 13, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    🙁 wanted to see great white to brake the glass

  • Reply don684 July 13, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    They eat a lot, so too expensive to feed.

  • Reply Max Thc July 14, 2019 at 10:04 am

    3:15 400 thousand dollar gallon tank? Wtf

  • Reply Makeupn TrapMuzik July 14, 2019 at 11:37 am

    All animals in captivity are depressed!

  • Reply Tiger Cub112 July 14, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    I just hate aquariums full stop.

    Animals were not born to be put in cages and tanks for our entertainment! Just leave the animals alone! If they don’t bother you, don’t bother them

  • Reply angry lolbit July 14, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    That thumbnail is my childhood

  • Reply angry lolbit July 14, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    You dummy the orcas are not ment to be there in the first place do you even know what your talking about do you know what captivity is

  • Reply Natalie kay F July 14, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    I um….. Georgia aquarium now has a great white….. I went like 4 days ago and got a picture with it

  • Reply Sondra Shaw July 15, 2019 at 4:35 am


  • Reply Shawn Hammack July 15, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Uhhhhhhhhhhhh; I'm pretty sure I seen 1 when I was a kid somewhere.

  • Reply Karin Mercedes Vilmun July 15, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    But there is still orca in tanks 🙁

  • Reply James Roark July 15, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    They put the 5 foot great white in a "400,000 dollar gallon tank" that's a quote… 3:15

  • Reply Kira The Cat Girl July 17, 2019 at 1:21 am

    China had one

  • Reply Levi Haney July 17, 2019 at 6:08 am

    Has any one ever thought that sharks can sense electricity and aquariums have a ton of electricity flowing through it imagine how that gets on there nerves

  • Reply Ryan Burton July 17, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    All this focuses on the habitat for the shark but if I had to make my best educated guess I would say its the transit to the tanks that is killing them

  • Reply Andy Stidham July 17, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    they are free animals therefore they chose death then captivity and people need to leave them be

  • Reply Emily Johnson July 17, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    I am not ever gonna go in a shark tank.
    Like if you are never

  • Reply M.J. Leger July 18, 2019 at 12:56 am

    They have tried, Great White sharks will not survive in captivity!

  • Reply f1r3m4nN1nj4 22 July 18, 2019 at 3:12 am

    Imagine being put in a closet and being forced to stay there… what would you feel?

    That’s probably what Great White Sharks felt in captivity.

  • Reply Mox July 18, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    i bet area 51 has one 😭😬

  • Reply Nicholas Houston July 19, 2019 at 12:48 am

    Why do people insist putting animals in captivity. Killer whales are know to get depressed. And the only aggression shown by a killer whale to humans is in captivity.

  • Reply Jakob East July 19, 2019 at 2:18 am

    “400000$ gallon shark exhibit”

  • Reply ioi yu July 19, 2019 at 5:04 am

    great white is a Diva…PERIOD!!!

  • Reply maureencora1 July 19, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    Slavery Cause Depression Too. God Bless and Save the Great White Sharks.

  • Reply peachie Babiie July 19, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    What about the ORCAS?

  • Reply Sara Chan July 20, 2019 at 9:15 am

    Aquariums should all be shut down!

  • Reply ne2 new July 20, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Georgia aquarium are working on a shark tank tunnel in year 2020. It's going to be huge

  • Reply M69 Crimson July 21, 2019 at 8:05 am

    Lists 7 reasons Great Whites can't be kept in captivity – repeats the same reason in every single of the 7 reasons. SMH….

  • Reply Sanic The Hotdog July 22, 2019 at 5:35 pm


  • Reply megatron terrorize July 22, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Hi origin explained , where the previous same title of this videos??? Why is they removed?? I like the background music in it… I have downloaded it but I have lost it in my phone. Sory English not my first language.. please answer me Origins explained!! T.y

  • Reply Lena Storm July 24, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Yeah, but Orcas also swim tousand of kilometers in the nature and need a lot of space and they are WAY more intelligent than sharks, but unfortunately we still keep them in captivity! 🙁

  • Reply Norma Sanmiguel July 24, 2019 at 3:59 pm


  • Reply kae kae July 24, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    yes and no

  • Reply iveta liepina July 25, 2019 at 11:16 am


  • Reply George Soto July 25, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Monterrey did for a a year or so

  • Reply shamlesteberg July 25, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Talk about MBA but shows Georgia Aquarium.
    "400,000 dollar gallon tank exhibit (3:16)"? Um… ok…

  • Reply Wanda Eaton July 27, 2019 at 1:34 am

    Even a wild rabbit will not survive in captivity, so the Great White probably won't either.
    As I was watching this video, I was wondering instead putting the Great White in a aquarium, make a underwater dome where us human in a big glass bubble and watch the Great White that way.
    Truthfully, I rather see them that way…in the natural life.
    Also with Ocras, Whales, Dolpins, Seals and other things in the Ocean.
    If they already have a glass dome, build more.

  • Reply Andrea Allen July 27, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Sea world sucks don't put animals in pools I will never give any of my money to SEA WOULD

  • Reply CELESTE ESQUEDA July 28, 2019 at 6:04 am

    They love hurting animals tho

  • Reply a person July 28, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Lol maybe that one huge aquarium from Jurassic World could hold one

  • Reply Madison Peters July 28, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Who else already knew all this? Hit the like if you do/ did

  • Reply steve ventura July 29, 2019 at 2:38 am

    Monterey has one and it started eating everything lol

  • Reply werido desi July 29, 2019 at 8:36 am

    “they need a lot of space”
    tell that to sea world

  • Reply Mega London July 29, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    I would I really want a pet great white Also Shark week found a Megalodon Tooth

  • Reply Daniel Thomasso July 29, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Maybe because animals such as sharks need to be free in an open sea and not in a tank?

  • Reply Cherry Cake July 29, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    I would

  • Reply Ben Mellors July 30, 2019 at 1:43 am

    I got a good one
    It is really dangerous

  • Reply nena200able July 30, 2019 at 3:37 am

    So it's ok to keep orcas in captivity, but not great whites? Orcas also need lots of space

  • Reply Sara Plinski July 30, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Yes I would go see it

  • Reply Fish seabass July 30, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Great whites are true pelagics they simply die in captivity for this reason

  • Reply Kiley Howard July 31, 2019 at 4:20 am

    Omg I lived in Monterrey!!!! Like 7 years ago but I lived there!!! In Monterrey bay!!!

  • Reply Chantel Wensley July 31, 2019 at 4:37 am

    It’s disgusting they keep trying to captive these poor animals.

  • Reply Dr Numbnuts July 31, 2019 at 5:04 am

    It’s protected. If it wasn’t someone would definitely keep one despite the cons. But they can’t because it’s a protected species. Just saved you 11 minutes

  • Reply Daniela Joy July 31, 2019 at 5:36 am

    Who watch this because the thumbnail? Like if u did

  • Reply Red Rapid July 31, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    wow wow wow wow wow wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply ravenclaw weirdo July 31, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Orcas are cooler tbh

  • Reply ravenclaw weirdo July 31, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    I really don't support any whales/sharks in captivity

  • Reply Awesome guy 2211 July 31, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    Of course I would make an effort to see at great white.🤔👍

  • Reply Ashtin Blount July 31, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Poor orcas 🙁 AND great white sharks

  • Reply Asia Murray August 1, 2019 at 5:16 am

    I say a BiG SHARK

  • Reply Asia Murray August 1, 2019 at 5:16 am

    I mean saw

  • Reply gta5 dude August 1, 2019 at 8:36 pm


  • Reply Victor Vesterby August 2, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    just leave them alone

  • Reply 0_ XM0 August 6, 2019 at 4:09 am

    "none in the world" there was a place but it was abandoned and left to die but ya not no more

  • Reply Dena Ellis August 6, 2019 at 5:55 am

    I would if I could I find great whites amazing m

  • Reply Grickles August 6, 2019 at 6:57 am

    They will allow a human feed them,
    As long they are not in danger

  • Reply capmapmap plays! ! August 6, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    I just lost brain cells

  • Reply Ken Zee August 6, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    I wish there was a hospital for sharks and other large animals so people could watch them get better and get released that’s right near the ocean. This makes me so sad for the animals 😭

  • Reply Kaedyn and Chloe crafts and more August 8, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    My aquarium had a great white shark . But that was because it was sick and they let it go after.

  • Reply Kaedyn and Chloe crafts and more August 8, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    My aquarium is monterey bay aquarium

  • Reply Kaedyn and Chloe crafts and more August 8, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    I also don't think they know what there saying because it you watch shark week they feed a lot of great whites dead fish

  • Reply Sarah Smith August 9, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Same requirements needed for the orcas hence why they are suffering

  • Reply Master August 10, 2019 at 8:31 am

    How do we know a great white's life span isn't 198 days? Ever think about that? I can't think for you.

  • Reply Raul Canela August 10, 2019 at 2:53 pm


  • Reply wolfy boy August 11, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    why did you guys use a picture that was not in the video? can't you get view's without clickbait?

  • Reply Sylviann Ward August 12, 2019 at 6:37 pm


  • Reply Uncivilized Enderman August 13, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    finally an informational but humorous YouTube

  • Reply Jdslayer 8776 August 15, 2019 at 8:11 am


  • Reply Dom L August 15, 2019 at 9:34 am

    “400 thousand dollar gallon shark exhibit”. What language is this???

  • Reply emina selimovic August 16, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Just because orcas are in captivity, doesn’t mean they should be.

  • Reply Theresa-Ann Symes August 19, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Even in though it don’t matter, I’mma a nobody but, All ya’ll in the comments showing love to the sharks, orca’s, ect, have my loving respect, just knowing there are so many ppl out there that feel the same about all animals (I assume in an outta the water) makes me feel so much better.

  • Reply Kelijiah Ryan August 19, 2019 at 9:08 pm


  • Reply codeman7055 August 21, 2019 at 2:55 am

    I went to the shark tank and was freaking out that there might be a great white, but my freaking out just turned into disappointment when I saw very small sharks.

  • Reply Cristian Rios August 22, 2019 at 4:59 am

    There actually is a great white shark in captivity I forget where it is but I seen the video it’s up on YouTube

  • Reply ZeuZ Gamer August 22, 2019 at 10:21 am

    You cannot contain greatness

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  • Reply harajukukid126 August 24, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Who caressssssssss

  • Reply Itzyogirlkara Yaa August 25, 2019 at 2:43 am

    sees thumbnail
    Me watching the whole video: WHERE IS THE SHARK HITTING THE TANK 😡😡

  • Reply Gabriel Paulino August 30, 2019 at 2:43 am

    Funny how they're known to be terrifying killers and yet depression kills them in no time. 👌

  • Reply Keaton Richards August 31, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Woah woah woah! Did that just say a FISHERMAN CAUGHT A GREAT WHITE? I must be hearing things…

  • Reply BRYAN Torres August 31, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    No I will never go and see a great white shark

  • Reply James Howland August 31, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    Have you ever watched a video and thout it was not true? yeah me to this video's fake

  • Reply K9KIDDING September 6, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    White death shark

  • Reply Robine Hallit September 7, 2019 at 8:26 am

    The Meg is bigger it was 15 to 20 meters it could eat a huge shark whale in one bite but it is gone forever watch the movie named the meg you will get information of it

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